Video summer camps offered by media center |

Video summer camps offered by media center

Eight week-long movie- making camps “to inspire creative minds” are being offered this June and July to local youths ages 10 to 17 by the Nevada County Digital Media Center.

Campers will learn basic to advanced video-making, depending on the individual student’s needs. Each student will create a story idea with a production team and then turn that concept into a script. They will learn how to shoot and edit a movie and then how to share it with the world through making a DVD and/or uploading to YouTube and other media.

The moviemaking camps will be held in the studios of Nevada County Television (NCTV), which is operated by the Media Center in the Nevada City Tech Center on Providence Mine Road in Nevada City (off Zion Street).

Five separate weekly sessions for beginners age 10-13 are scheduled for the weeks beginning June 17 and 24, plus July 8, 15 and 22. Older students ages 14-17 (beginners to advanced) can choose from three sessions beginning July 8, 15 or 22, focusing on refining skills and individual projects.

Taught by filmmakers Doug Bertran and Colin Brant, the camps’ theme is story-telling through video. According to Bertran, “Having the skills to make a quality video is really important for kids today. They will be able to use what they learn to produce creative projects for school, entertainment videos or Vlogs (video blogs) for YouTube or Vimeo, or any other type of visual storytelling, such as for community service projects or high school senior projects.”

Students can choose to have their videos broadcast on NCTV’s community access TV channel on Cox Cable and Suddenlink. On first airing, they also would be streaming live on NCTV’s website for home viewing by those who don’t have cable television.

According to Lew Sitzer, executive director of the Media Center, the summer camps are one example of how the organization can meet the needs of the community in new ways.

“This program speaks to the primary interest of young people nowadays – digital media,” he said. “Not only will they have fun and be completely engaged, they’ll also be learning skills that can be applied in many ways as they go on in school or move into the job market.”

Bertran is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has spent his career making science and nature television specials for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, PBS, Animal Planet and others.

“I’ve wanted to do this for years and now have the right fit with the Media Center’s NCTV facilities. The new three-camera studio is a perfect location for our camper’s video productions. And we have five edit bays with the professional edit system Final Cut Pro for the kids to finish their shows,” he said.

Brant has studied filmmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute, The Film and Television Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and at Bennington College. He now works in the film industry on both commercial and narrative projects and teaches classes at the Media Center.

All materials are provided. Campers must bring a lunch and may bring their own camera if they prefer. At the end of the week, campers screen their movies for their group. Sessions for beginners ages 10-13 are $200 per week (9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily); sessions for ages 14-17 (beginning to advanced, 9:30 am to 3 pm daily) are $250 per week. Campers may enroll for more than one week.

More information and session dates are available at the website, where a registration form may be downloaded for printing and mailing. Space is limited and registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If space is available, registrations are also accepted the first day of camp. For additional information and questions, call Bertran at 530-265-9486.

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